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Guidebook to Extremadura, one of Spain's most unspoilt regions, comprising the provinces of Caceres and Badajoz. 32 mainly circular walks (6 to 19km) explore Sierras, rolling hills and oak forests criss-crossed by thousands of kilometres of ancient paths. Includes the Jerte Valley, the hill town of Montánchez, Guadalupe and Monesterio.
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This guidebook showcases 32 walks exploring the sierras of Cáceres and Badajoz, one of Spain’s least known regions and a gem for walkers and nature lovers. Walks range in length from 6 to 20km are suitable for any reasonably fit walker. They can be done from a number of bases in the area including San Martín de Trevejo, Gata, Hervás, Jerte, Jarandilla de la Vera, Montánchez, Guadalupe, Almoharín, Mérida, Alange, Hornachos and Monesterio.
Each walk is accompanied by a sketch map and detailed route description, as well as notes on the terrain, refreshments available and access. Background information about the area and the many interesting sites passed along the route combine to give an invaluable guide to an unspoilt and peaceful region.
Extremadura is one of the most untouched regions of Spain, a delightful mix of rugged mountain ranges, gently rolling hills, deciduous forests, deep river valleys, olive groves and shady pastures, all criss-crossed by thousands of paths. Superb birdlife and a variety of heritage sites, from cave paintings to monasteries, add to this region’s charms.
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|Geography and geology|
|Animals and birds|
|Flowers and plants|
|When to go|
|Bases and accommodation|
|Food and drink|
|What to take on a walk|
|Health and emergencies|
|Using this guide|
|The Northern Sierras: The Sistema Central|
|Sierra de Gata|
|Walk 1 San Martín de Trevejo and the Sierra de Eljas|
|Walk 2 Pico Jálama|
|Walk 3 Puerto de Castilla and Pico Jañona|
|Walk 4 Castillo de Almenara and the Sierra de las Jañonas|
|Walk 5 Robledillo de Gata and Ovejuela|
|Sierra de Béjar|
|Walk 6 La Garganta and El Nevero|
|Walk 7 La Muela and the forest track|
|Walk 8 The valley route to La Muela|
|Sierra de Gredos|
|Walk 9 Cascadas Nogaleas in the Montes de Tras la Sierra|
|Walk 10 Los Pilones and Puente Sacristán|
|Walk 11 Jerte to Puente Nuevo in the Sierra de Tormantos|
|Walk 12 Puente los Papúos in the Montes de Tras la Sierra|
|Walk 13 The Jaranda valley|
|Walk 14 Guijo de Santa Bárbara and El Trabuquete|
|The Central Sierras: The Montes de Toledo|
|Sierra de Montánchez|
|Walk 15 Arroyomolinos|
|Walk 16 Torre de Santa María to Montánchez|
|Walk 17 Torre de Santa María and the mills|
|Walk 18 The oak woods of Zarza de Montánchez|
|Walk 19 Almoharín and the Sierra de San Cristobal|
|Walk 20 The Sierra de los Alijares|
|Walk 21 The Sierra de Santa Cruz|
|Sierra del Campillo and the Sierra de Juncaldilla|
|Walk 22 Garganta de Cuernacabras|
|Sierra de Guadalupe|
|Walk 23 Garciaz and Pico Venero|
|Walk 24 Cabañas de Castillo to Navezuelas|
|Walk 25 Navezuelas to Guadalupe|
|Sierra de la Pela|
|Walk 26 Orellana de la Sierra|
|The Southern Sierras|
|Sierra de Peñas Blancas and Sierra de Juan Bueno|
|Walk 27 La Zarza|
|Sierra Grande de Hornachos|
|Walk 28 Hornachos|
|Walk 29 Cabeza la Vaca and the Sierra de Buitrera|
|Walk 30 Monasterio de Tentudía and Pico Tentudía|
|Walk 31 Forest circuit in the Sierra Tudía y Sus Faldas|
|Walk 32 Alto de Aguafría and the Sierra de Aguafría|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Link route summary table|
|Appendix C Additional waymarked routes in the area|
|Appendix D Useful contacts|
|Appendix E Glossary|